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Pupils eligible for Free School Meals 


Children from households with lower incomes may be entitled to free school meals.  

•families who are currently paying for school meals will save around £400 a year for each primary school child if they are entitled to free school meals; 

•our school have systems which mean it is impossible for other pupils to know who is receiving free school meals; 

•school children who are eligible for free school meals are entitled to two course meal worth £2.30 each day. 


When you apply for free school meals, you will also allow us to receive Pupil Premium - extra money to support children from families on lower incomes, please apply for free school meals.


Click on the link below to go to our Pupil Premium page. 

Please visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website


All children who are at school under 19 at the start of the academic year and are claiming or have parents who are claiming one of the following benefits: 

•Income Support 

•Income Based Job Seekers Allowance 

•Income-related employment and support allowance 

•Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999 

•Child Tax Credit but who are not entitled to working tax credit and whose annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) does not exceed £16,190 

•Guarantee element of state pension credit 

•Universal Credit 


Please note where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals. 


You will be contacted in writing to confirm when your entitlement has started and your eligibility will continue to be checked via the Local Authority secure Electronic Checking System. If your personal circumstances change please fill in the change of circumstances form. 

Your claim will be processed within three working days of receiving a valid application form, and if successful you and your child's school will be informed of his/her entitlement to free school meals. 

If you are receiving any of the eligible benefits listed above you can apply online for free school meals. 

Alternatively, you can also print and return the free school meal application form (pdf, 70kb). 


If you need further help you can contact the council’s Education Welfare Benefits Team for information about the benefits which support children financially while at school or college; applications for free school meals, and if you need help to complete an application over the phone: Telephone: 01223 703 200, email: 

Education Welfare Benefits Service 

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